If they built a sushi bar on the space station from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Austin Powers stopped by with Derek Flint and James Bond, this is what it would look like. The motif is all white and translucent plastic, with colored lights and flat screen monitors all over. When you sit on the cushions in the lounge area, they light up. There are 16 possible light settings in the private cubicles (parties of six only). The wait staff is dressed in plain gray t-shirts. Techno and lounge music play softly. Even the bathroom cubicles are futuristic, in the sense that they use airline fixtures in a cramped space. The sushi bar has a conveyor belt running around the edge, with little clear plastic cups of sushi traveling around. Or you can get it the traditional way, at a table, served by a waiter. An assortment of sashimi for four, but probably won't be enough, which is good because then you can order more things from the lengthy menu.
Restaurant entrepreneur Steven Starr has been offering tapas-style dining in this restaurant and martini bar for over five years. The trendy and hip Continental attracts patrons of a wide range of ages to its neo-diner atmosphere. In fact, it used to be a diner now, giant martini-olive lamps hang over the booths, while Latin and lounge music plays softly. The restaurant's contemporary cuisine includes outstanding sushi-grade pan-seared tuna and miso glazed Chilean sea bass. Follow dinner with a martini, including such exotic variations as chocolate and the Hawaii 5-O.
Chef Poon is known as the father of Asian Fusion cooking in Philadelphia. He earned his reputation for his Peking duck, and then added to his fame with Peking duck tacos. Just about everything is recommended, from the spicy wild mushroom soup to the sizzling ostrich steak. Be sure to leave room for dessert. Poon also shares his kitchen secrets with ongoing hands-on cooking classes at this location. And if this were not enough he also leads Wok 'n Walk tours of the neighborhood.
There are exactly 28 seats in this little Thai restaurant. A small, modest place with excellent food, Amara has been a quiet presence in this part of town for a few years now. Its modesty can lead to it being overlooked, which would be unfortunate. The Pad Thai is pleasing, the roast duck crisp, and there are 11 homemade sauces available, if you want to do your own experiments. Amara sets out to be a quiet place for a pleasant meal in the neighborhood, and it succeeds.
1113-31 12th & Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
It's hard to believe the Hard Rock has been around for over 30 years now. It started as a place in London to get authentic American hamburgers and somehow turned into an international institution. The rock memorabilia includes Pete Townshend's blue Rickenbacker and Mick Jagger's Green Velvet Pants. And non-stop rock music, loudly pumps to every corner of the cafe. Step into Hard Rock Cafe to party and pick up a gift form the gift store as well. Check out the huge selection of collector pins, t-shirts, leather jackets and tons more!
Fado is a Gaelic word meaning "long ago," and this place tries to capture the feel of a snug, cozy pub from the 19th Century. There are ten beers on tap, including Guinness and Murphy's stouts, which is unusual in this town. Dark wood, brass, wall sconces with green glass shades and weekly appearances by local and touring Irish bands playing traditional tunes set the atmosphere. Try the Chicken Curry or a traditional dish, such as Shepherd's Pie or Boxty, a dish of mashed potatoes filled with chicken, shrimp and leeks.
A popular neighborhood place for lunch with a big menu- everything from meatloaf to an Irish Mixed Grill one pork chop, a grilled chicken breast and grilled shrimp with a potato and a hot vegetarian grinder. There are many microbrews on tap, including a house ale especially brewed for McGillin's, locally. This place has an old-fashioned feel that actually delivers an old-fashioned good time. Join the sing along on Wednesday and Friday nights and a DJ every Friday night.
1415 Chancellor Court Broad and Walnut Street The Bellevue Philadelphia, PA 19102
Since 1989 this meat palace has been catering to Philadelphia's elite and look-at-me wannabes. The decor and mood casts an old boy network feel, creating an aura of this is where business deals are made and broken. The menu features a stunning array of meat entrees including lamb chops and a staggering large 36-ounce New York strip steak. This is a sound choice for anyone looking to impress.
200 South Broad Street Park Hyatt Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA 19102
Located on the 19th floor of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, this airy, sophisticated cafe features pearl-covered chandeliers, local art, and city views normally only reserved for pilots and small, migratory birds. Menu items include chef Richard Hebben's masterful creations such as Crispy calamari, sweet and sour chili sauce and Caesar salad with chicken. Music from Europe's Bang and Olufsen Sound will float across the tables to the marble-topped bar as you sip on international wines and nibble delectable sweets! Reservations are strongly encouraged.
What makes Chloe so interesting is that with limited seats in the dining area, it's like eating in a family kitchen. The menu features pork chops and collard greens, chicken breast and banana bread pudding. What they've done is taken basic American dishes and spiced them up to bring out the flavors that make each of the delicacies appealing in the first place. The pork chop is stuffed with corn and bacon and then served over collards braised in port. The chicken breast is given a good rubdown with curry, garlic and paprika. Get there early, reservations are not accepted.
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